He's talking with Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, ex-CIA officer John R. Maguire, and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North in a bid to create his own private version of the Central Intelligence Agency. A proposal has been submitted to the current CIA boss, Mike Pompeo, The Week reported on December 5.
It's part of an effort to circumvent current and former members of the intelligence community that are working to undermine the president.
"Pompeo can't trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him," a former senior intelligence official told Matthew Cole of The Intercept. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books."
One glance at the players and we can determine what the outcome will be if the effort gets off the ground.